Field of action

The economy

Digitalisation is changing the economy and the world of work. It is having a substantial effect on constantly changing structures and economic growth. Markets and value-creation chains are changing. There is hardly any sector of the economy which remains unaffected, although not all sectors are affected to the same extent. For a country like Switzerland which is lacking in natural resources, it is therefore important to exploit the potential arising from digitalisation in the best possible way. Optimal positioning and the ongoing development of Switzerland as an attractive location for businesses is of great interest: with a pro-active approach within the area of digitalisation and innovative concepts, Switzerland can position itself ahead of the pack and strengthen its attractiveness as a location for businesses. This will be achieved by creating the most favourable framework conditions for digital business models and innovations that contribute to the sustainability of public finances and the common good. Cities and municipalities, rural areas and mountain areas should benefit from this development.
Businesses should be able to benefit optimally from digitalisation and become pioneers in the application of ICT. It is important to further develop and future-proof Switzerland's strengths, particularly the flexible labour market, excellence in training, research and development, and high-quality infrastructures. SMEs and start-ups play an important role here because they are often drivers of innovation which must not be underestimated. In addition, administrative obstacles must be removed and the exchange between businesses and the authorities must be handled centrally. Developments in other areas of the economy and in the European digital single market should be closely monitored and their possible effects on the economy and society of Switzerland should be analysed.

Contribution of the field of action to the UN's sustainable development goals

Objectives [ 7 ]
Switzerland is characterised by a high employment rate and good-quality working conditions

Switzerland uses the structural changes in the world of work resulting from digitalisation for its own benefit. The basic conditions for exploiting the opportunities of digitalisation and for overcoming the associated challenges will be optimised. The Swi...

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Switzerland will provide room for the development of new business models

Attractive general conditions in terms of economic policy ensure that Switzerland, as an innovative national economy, uses digitalisation as an engine for development and renewal. Innovative business models have sufficient space to develop. Young companie...

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6 Measures
An innovative, globally networked fintech sector improves the competitiveness of the Swiss finance industry

Internationally, Switzerland enjoys a reputation as an honest, trustworthy, reliable banking and insurance location. Combined with technological expertise and innovative capability, along with a well-developed infrastructure, Switzerland can protect and f...

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3 Measures
The cities, municipalities and regions of Switzerland are characterised by a high capacity for innovation

Both the cities and central regions and the rural regions and mountain areas will seize the opportunities which digitalisation offers them and will strengthen their economies through better integration between participants and by better links between part...

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5 Measures
Smart farming technologies contribute to the competitiveness and sustainability of Swiss agriculture

Swiss agriculture and food production are driving the development and expansion of smart farming. People are freed from routine tasks by the application of smart farming technologies; they can carry out their work more efficiently and use resources more p...

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7 Measures
Continuity of digital working methods increases the productivity of the construction industry

The planning, building and property sector is characterised by heterogeneity and a high density of interfaces. The efficient use of digital working methods requires the standardisation and harmonisation of digital processes across all industries and trade...

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0 Measures
Switzerland will take advantage of its opportunities with regard to the virtual international economy

At the beginning of 2020, the European Union (EU) adopted its new work programme. This includes its strategy on shaping Europe's digital future, with the promotion of a fair and competitive economy, the creation of European data spaces and the ongoing dev...

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2 Measures